I can think of over a dozen favorite Simpsons episodes, but only a couple that I really dislike. Even when they jump the shark and then some, they manage to do so in some groundbreaking way. Still, some episodes cause me to see what’s on the other channel:
Death of Maude Flanders This episode just strikes me as false in so many ways, the most glaring of them is that Ned Flanders (of all people) is actually dating again by the end of the show! I could see Moe Sizzlak doing that–or even Reverend Lovejoy–but not Ned!
Death of Bleeding Gums Murphy and How Lisa Got her Saxophone Lisa is the Simpson I identify with most (although I probably have more in common with the Comic Book Guy), and Jazz is a deep passion of mine. When Lisa goes into one of her solo numbers, the last two songs I want to hear out of her are Jazzman and Baker Street. Get this girl some Ben Webster CDs already, or some Miles Davis! Marge is the Lite Rock Simpson, not Lisa!
What are some other people’s unfavorites?